Sheriff's office warns of Publisher's Clearing House phone scam

3 years 10 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, November 18 2014 Nov 18, 2014 Tuesday, November 18, 2014 4:21:00 PM CST November 18, 2014 in News
By: Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLE COUNTY - The Cole County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday citizens need to be on alert for a scam involving the Publisher's Clearing House.

Captain John Wheeler said scammers are calling people and telling them they won the grand prize of $9,500,000, and before they can collect the prize, they need to pay a tax up front.

Wheeler said the callers are identifying themselves as "James Holly" and "Tony" and telling victims they are located in New York, New York. Wheeler said the callers are using the numbers 1-876-430-3031 and 1-876-585-1311, which are both from an unknown location in Jamaica.

Wheeler said the sheriff's office contacted Publisher's Clearing House, which said if people win their contest, they will surprise the winner and not contact them before coming. Publisher's Clearing House also said they do not have the winners pay anything.

Wheeler said if the callers contact you, don't give them any information and call your local law enforcement agency.

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